Ger Cunningham confirms he has stepped down from role as Dublin manager
GER CUNNINGHAM HAS stepped down from his role as Dublin hurling manager after almost three years in the job.
In a statement released on Dublin GAA’s website, Cunningham described it as ‘an honour and a privilege’ to have managed the Dubs, and that he was leaving his position by mutual consent.
The Cork hurling legend also responded to recent criticism of he and his backroom team’s management, stating that every decision they made was done so with the best interests of Dublin senior hurling at heart.
“Following on from recent discussions with the Dublin County Board, I wish to confirm that we have agreed by mutual consent not to extend my role as manager of the Dublin senior hurling team beyond 2017,” Cunningham said.
“It has been an honour and indeed a privilege to manage the team and as I leave I have nothing but admiration for the squad of players who have represented Dublin with pride and passion. I want to thank them for their commitment both on and off the field.
“I also want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to all of my backroom teams over the last three years for their time and dedication to Dublin hurling. Their professionalism and counsel throughout our time together has been invaluable.
“I would like to thank the wider Dublin County Board, in particular Seán Shanley and John Costello, for giving me the opportunity. It’s also important to acknowledge the role of the late Andy Kettle, who was Chairman when I was appointed.
There has been a lot of speculation about different aspects of Dublin hurling over the last few months. For the record every decision that my backroom team and I made was always in the best interests of Dublin senior hurling.
Cunningham continued: “Furthermore, Dublin hurling supporters should be in no doubt that this group of players have massive desire to represent Dublin and possess huge dedication and commitment to their county.
“As I leave the position I would like to wish my successor the very best for the future.”
The aforementioned County Board Chairman Seán Shanley paid tribute to Cunningham, adding to Dublin’s official statement: “Ger has given valuable inter-county experience to many of our young players over the past three years.”
Shanley concluded: “The committee will commence the process of considering suitable candidates to replace Ger and his management team in September.”